The plot is the arrangement of the story elements into a dramatic sequence; hence plot is to be distinguished from story, which without a plot is a chronicle of events in their actual or natural sequence (see SUBJECT). Whereas story elements are incidents, characters, environments, and so forth, the plot is the deployment of these in an order intended to enhance dramatic effectiveness. See also ACTION, CLOSURE, COMPLICATION, FORM, FORWARD MOVEMENT, PATHOS, RECOGNITION, and REVERSAL.


c. 1956 Brecht

Analysis of the Play [:] Find out what socially valuable insights and impulses the play offers. Boil the story down to half a sheet of paper. Then divide it into separate episodes, establishing the nodal points, e.e., the important events that carry the story a stage further. Then examine the relationship of the episodes, their construction. think of ways and means to make the story easily narrated and to bring out its social significance. (240-41).


Analytical Sourcebook of Concepts in Dramatic Theory
Oscar Lee Brownstein and Darlene M. Daubert
Greenwood Press London 1981


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